“Real” Wednesday: In The Beginning

Getting It Off The Ground

When I went for my notary commission, I spent over $300. This was for the two classes, one for the notary commission and the other for the signing agent training. Then the exam. Then the filing of my notary completion, and paying for the bond and the $25,000 policy insurance I took out to later cover my ass as a working notary public. And I went got my first notary client, I was super nervous, super unsure and super slack about it.

I charged the client $25. $15 for the actual notary service and $10 for the travel fee. And he was my only client for about 3 or 4 months. I didn’t know how anything about marketing myself as a notary. I was new, I was definitely still wet behind the ears and I didn’t want any of my clients to know they would be my first clients as I got the hang of notarizing documents.

I later invested in a business website, business cards and paid marketing on social media and Craigslist. It took some time in 2018, but I was finally able to make the money back I spent in 2017 on getting my commission. Knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t have waited so long to market myself or felt so insecure in something I spent 20 hours getting trained for. Hello!

The reality is that hustling or having a hustle sounds easier than what it is. But it requires a lot of investment and time into yourself. And if you’re not willing to commit to yourself, it’ll be that much harder to commit to a hustle.